Modi slams Centre for not keeping words to youngsters

‘In the last general budget, the union government had promised skill development of ten lakh youths. Till now, they have just given training to 18,000 youths,’ Modi said while inaugurating various skill development schemes of Gujarat’s labour and employment department at Mahatma Mandir here.

‘The Union government had announced Rs 1,000 crore for skill development schemes and to provide skill development certificates to youths during the last year’s budget...what happened to it?’ he asked.

With the election code of conduct to come into effect soon for the general elections, the Centre will get a reason to set aside its promises, the Gujarat chief minister quipped.

Taking potshots at his political rivals, the 63-year-old senior BJP leader said, ‘If we do something, some people lose their sleep. But they don’t ever feel that the whole country is sleepless now only because of them. If I tell the truth, they feel the pain.’

On the plaguing employment scenario in the country, he said, ‘China has taken a big step to capture the job market in the world. But as a youthful nation, we are not visible in the job market. We have to plan a strategy for the youths.’

Referring to his government’s work in the skill development sector, he said they have launched 165 new Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras (skill development centres), four Kaushalya Raths (mobile skill development centres), e-skill scheme for online training programme and overseas employment centre for guiding youth regarding visa, passport, stamp and travel process.

‘Even the central government had appreciated skill development scheme of Gujarat government and given award,’ he pointed out while asserting that all the states have to overcome the traditional models.

BJP taking credit for Cong’s achievements, says Rahul

Gannaur, Haryana:
Rahul Gandhi on Monday targeted BJP and Narendra Modi alleging that they brand migrants from other states as ‘outsiders’ as part of their divisive politics and were taking credit for achievements made by Congress over the years.

Interacting with farmers to gather inputs for Congress’ Lok Sabha manifesto in Haryana’s Sonepat district, about 70 km from Delhi, Rahul said the BJP believes in vesting power in one person to run the country while Congress was for giving power to the people.

‘BJP believes in concentrating power. They think one or two people can run the country...they think the entire knowledge rests with only one person who can do every thing.

We in Congress believe in giving power to the people,’ Rahul said in an apparent dig at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Raking up the migrants issue, especially of Sikh farmers in Kutch, Rahul said Congress and BJP think differently. ‘For us, everyone is an insider. Even an Indian living in the US is an insider. For them, a ‘UP wallah’ in Maharashtra is an outsider, a Sikh in Gujarat is an outsider, someone from Haryana in Punjab is an outsider,’ he said.

‘In India you go to any place, for us (all citizens) you are an insider... Wherever they go, they make somebody an insider and someone else an outsider, this is their politics, this is the difference between them and us.’
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